Up to 27% Bonus For Moving Points To Aeroplan

Through August 24, 2015, Air Canada’s Aeroplan frequent flyer program is offering up to 40,000 bonus miles when converting points from many of their partners to Aeroplan. They seem to run this promotion a few times per year — most recently they offered this promo in April of this year.

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The bonus is tiered, with the following thresholds:

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As you can see:

  • For reaching the 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, or 50,000 mile thresholds you earn a 20% points bonus
  • For reaching the 100,000 mile threshold you earn a 25% bonus
  • For reaching the 150,000 mile threshold you earn a ~27% bonus

The bonus you earn is based on the cumulative miles generated, so not all the miles have to come from a single transfer partner. Registration is not required, and the bonus miles should post 7-10 days after eligible transactions are complete.

The eligible partners include all of Aeroplan’s hotel partners, some rental car partners, and points.com. American Express Membership Rewards transfers are not eligible for the bonus.

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There are a couple of circumstances under which this could potentially make sense:

Convert Starpoints into Aeroplan miles

Starpoints convert into Aeroplan miles at a 1:1 ratio, and for every 20,000 points transferred you get 5,000 bonus miles. So if you transferred 120,000 Starpoints you’d usually get 150,000 Aeroplan miles, and then you’d get a 40,000 mile bonus on top of that, for a total of 190,000 miles.

So that’s potentially like earning ~1.58 Aeroplan miles per Starpoint, which is pretty darn good.

Keep in mind that Aeroplan charges just 90,000 miles for roundtrip business class between the US and most of Europe, so that means 120,000 Starpoints would be more than enough for two business class tickets. That’s quite a good value!

Earn Aeroplan miles with Marriott’s Flight and Hotel Packages

Another good option is Marriott’s Flight and Hotel Packages, of which Aeroplan is a partner.

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Through Hotel + Air packages you receive a set number of free nights plus a set number of miles as part of the package. These packages are in my opinion the best use of Marriott Rewards points to begin with, so the value only gets better when you add in a potential conversion bonus.

To put this into perspective, seven nights at a Category 1-5 property plus 120,000 miles will run you 270,000 Marriott Rewards points.

If you did that, you’d earn a total of 145,000 Aeroplan miles, plus seven free nights at Category 1-5 properties.

Bottom line

Aeroplan certainly isn’t as rewarding of a loyalty program as it used to be. They used to be my single favorite airline frequent flyer program before they devalued their award chart and added fuel surcharges to most partners several years back.

But there are still some great redemption values, like 90,000 miles for business class between the US and Europe with two stopovers in addition to your destination. They don’t impose fuel surcharges on many of their partner airlines, like Brussels, Swiss, Turkish, and United.

While I wouldn’t make a speculative transfer to take advantage of this promotion, if you have a specific use in mind it could be worthwhile.

Do you plan on taking advantage of this Aeroplan bonus promotion?

(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)

Comments

  1. Hi Ben,

    I am new to the blog since your promotional tour over the past week or two. I have found many of the posts very interesting and wanted to thank you and your contributors for all the information. On this specific post a quick question, my wife is much more interested in traveling to Europe than Asia or the Middle East and based on what I have read Aeroplan seems to have the most options and best prices for a business or first class ticket. If we are looking at trip in March of 2017 presumably we would want to book in April of 2016 (or as soon as the award seats open up); does it make sense to transfer any or all of my AMEX points with this deal? I have about 170,000 points at the moment.

    Thanks.

  2. @brian

    This promo doesn’t include Amex points, so no need to transfer them now really. I always use my aeroplan miles for Lufthansa when going to Europe, their first class product is excellent, business is average. They do have fuel surcharges on their awards though. You could also use the Aeroplan to book united business class to Europe, with no fuel surcharges… think they may even have an IAH-LHR on a 787 route. Its such a relatively short flight, united business isn’t that bad an option

  3. Thanks Westin. We are leaving from ORD and looking to do two cities. Perhaps Istanbul and Paris so I will play around with the dates and airlines. I assume Turkish is the best and I believe they do not have a fuel surcharge, yes? Are they just two cabins or three on the transatlantic flights?

  4. Hi Lucky,

    I live in the UK and I’ve got a flight coming up soon, AGP-OSL-LHR on Scandinavian airlines I’m flying in economy and currently have 0 miles in any frequent flyer accounts. Do you think I should credit these miles to avancia life miles, Aeroplan, or a different frequent flyer account? Also my outbound flight, LGW-AGP is on British Airways and I have opened an American Airlines AAdvantage account and was going to credit this flight there, do you think this is the right place to credit it?

    Thanks, Oliver.

  5. Since I have quite a few Hilton Honors points, I just looked at the conversion rates. Am I correct that it takes 100k HHonors points for 10k aeroplan milles?

  6. @ Westin — you are correct, one of United’s flights from Houston to London is on a 787 although business is in 2-2-2 configuration (I personally don’t like United’s business seats either).

    @ Brian — one of the better business products out of Chicago on which Aeroplan doesn’t charge YQ is Swiss. All surcharge-free Aeroplan partners are: Air China, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, SAS, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss, TACA, Turkish, United. Also LOT and TAP have relatively low fees.

  7. @brian

    Yes Swiss is nice as well ^^^^

    The thing that’s nice about United is normally availability is solid… You could also add a united leg to fly out of JFK or something as well for no additional points if Swiss had better availability else where. I’ve done this doing MCO – JFK United, then JFK – FRA on Lufthansa

    I assume Swiss award with aero plan would be no different

  8. Since Amex points are not included in this bonus, would it be feasible to transfer them to a hotel plan and then from there to Aeroplan?

  9. Aeroplan is currently running a promo and can receive 40K bonus points for transferring 150K points into aeroplan. I can transfer from Marriott. A travel package is for 120K AP points and a 5 night travel package which is valued at 215K Marriott rewards points. You can either transfer in 100K Aeroplan points or 120K Aeroplan points. Do you know if Aeroplan will give the bonus on two transactions or just one? I can transfer one TP for 120K points and then add a second transaction for 30K points but if they won’t give the bonus on the second transaction then I’m not interested. Thanks.

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